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Seigneur outlines hopes for brighter future for Sark

The new Seigneur of Sark has pledged to break down divisions on the island 'bit by bit'. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The new Seigneur of Sark has pledged to break down divisions on the island 'bit by bit'.

Major Christopher Beaumont outlined his vision to residents at a meeting arranged by the Chamber of Commerce last night.

One of his plans involves turning his ancestral home into a wedding venue and tourist attraction to boost the local economy.

La Seigneurie Credit: ITV Channel TV

Major Beaumont also discussed reviewing the island's tax system, becoming a world heritage site, being more environmentally friendly and moving the incinerator to a newly created industrial area.

There is a long-standing political divide in Sark, but islanders on both sides welcomed the Seigneur's speech describing it as a positive step forward.

Among those commending the Seigneur is Kevin Delaney, who produces the Sark Newsletter and is a former fierce critic of the role of the Seigneur.

I think he could very much be somebody who could pull the island together, lead the island in effect.

– Kevin Delaney: Sark Newspaper Editor

Despite Major Beaumont's ambitions, he has no real political powers and must challenge politicians to make his ideas a reality.